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Three Ways to Rest

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There is an entry on the You Version blog:
 
 
That describes ways to rest, ways to stop doing stuff because doing stuff makes you feel as if you’re getting somewhere.
 
You might achieve something with the doing, but not as much or as happily if you’ve taken time to be close to Jesus first.
 
And I like the idea of giving your worries to Our Lord, taking time to do so, making it a quiet time and perhaps meditating with Jesus in your heart as you do so.
 
I shall try it.
 
Chris
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God's ways, not ours. His will, not mine

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Matthew 20:1-16
 
The point of today’s parable is that in the kingdom the blessings and rewards of God are received out of God’s goodness and love, not on the basis of our merit or the length of our service.  Many years ago St Teresa of Avila wisely commented: :We should forget the number of years we have served him.  The  more we serve him, the more deeply we fall in his debt."
 
God’s ways – the way he thinks, the way he acts, the way he moves – are so different from our ways.  God allows his sun to shine on both the righteous and the unrighteous, and we impose our own thinking on God’s kingdom at our peril.  
 
Remember that the poor thief crucified alongside Jesus, who, it is fair to assume, had not lived a very good life, was promised paradise on that very day.  We must resist limiting God’s work or actions and insisting on our view of the world, of people or of situations.
 
God sees what we do not see and his goodness and mercy have no bounds.
 
Lord please help us not to be conformed to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind so that we will be able to discover your good, pleasing and perfect will.
 
Chris

 
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What must I do, Jesus?

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Matthew 19:16-22
 
Faith is an action word.  As James writes of Abraham, “Faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works.” (Jas. 2:22).  Jesus’s prescription to the young man, “go, sell . . . give,” paves the way for what comes: entering into and enjoying a continuing love-relationship with Jesus.  
 
For the young man, wealth was a barrier to surrender; for us the barrier may be something else: fame, comfort, pleasure, approval . . . Let’s ask, as the young man did:”Lord, what must I do?"
 
What we do with Jesus’s reply determines whether we go away sorrowful or stand rejoicing.
 
"All to Jesus, I surrender,
All to him I freely give.
I will ever love and trust him,
In his presence daily live."
(Weeden and Van DeWinter)
 
Chris

(from Bible Alive)
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